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Some of the best family-friendly destinations offer a diverse choice of activities for all ages. Things to consider when picking your next spring getaway include scheduled activities for kids, the climate, dining options, room size and layout. Activities for grown-ups such as rejuvenating spa treatments, relaxing yoga classes and golf are a wonderful way to unwind while kids participate in their age-appropriate programs. Choose from warm-weather destinations like the Caribbean and Hawaii to jump-start your summer or off season getaways which offer specials in the spring.

The Resort at Pelican Hill, Southern California

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The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach, Southern California has great facilities for younger guests, including a clubhouse, pool, bubble jet fountain and sand areas. Camp Pelican facilities overlook the ocean, offering a natural and calm setting for kids. At the clubhouse, children have access to art tables, computers, plasma tvs, ping pong and an outdoor patio with tables.

While young ones are busy at the camp, grown-ups can play 36 holes of golf, visit the spa and enjoy 500 scenic acres the hotel is set on. There is a diverse range of accommodations to choose from, depending on the size of you family. Bungalows all feature private ocean-view terraces and at least 847 square feet of living area (from $695/night). Families can also book one of the 128 villas which range in size from two to four bedrooms (from $1,450/night). Read more about The Resort at Pelican Hill.

Camp in Maui

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Spring is high season in Maui but this tropical island offers some of the best climate on the planet. The recently renovated Grand Wailea Resort Hotel and Spa is a beautiful family vacation destination set on 40 acres complete with beaches, golf courses, spa, dive center and a choice of diverse accommodation layouts.

Camp Grande, designed especially for kids, features an outside play area, a children's restaurant craft room, theater, game room and a computer room. Both kids and grown-ups can take full advantage of the warm tropical climate by heading to the beach or one of the resort pools complete with water slides and a water elevator. Scheduled activities for kids include Ukulele lessons and Lei making. Read more about Grand Wailea Resort.

Sunny Florida in the Spring

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The Fairmont Turnberry Isle lets you play in the sun in Florida. The resort offers the Kids' Connection club, private Ocean Club, and the new Laguna Pool area featuring lazy river, waterslide, private cabanas, children's play area and waterfalls. While kids are busy with their own activities, take advantage of the beautiful 25,000 square foot spa and fitness center, two golf courses, a three-mile scenic jogging path, beauty salon, shops and boutiques.

The resort restaurants offer kid-friendly eats while a range of room and suite options lets you choose the perfect layout for your family's needs. Rooms feature balconies and terrace that let you enjoy warm Florida air, 42-inch plasma tvs and air conditioning with individual temperature control. Take a relaxing bath in the privacy of your own room on your rejuvenating family getaway. If you are traveling with a baby, the hotel can provide baby toiletries, bed rails, bibs and accessories such as the Diaper Genie to make your stay as comfortable as possible. If you are bringing along your family pet, put in a request for a dog bowl, treats and a dog bed before you arrive. Read more about the Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort.

North Carolina Getaway

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Located near Asheville, North Carolina, Grove Park Inn is a family weekend getaway offering several children's programs and numerous vacation activities for adults. Children ages 4-12 enjoy supervised activities such as arts and crafts, swimming, lawn games and nature hikes. In the meantime, you can get pampered at the 40,000 square foot spa, play golf or tennis, and lounge next to the swimming pools. Look for special family packages in the spring.

Explore thousands of acres of pristine wilderness in Montana

Plan a family adventure vacation to Montana and stay at Paws Up which offers luxury homes, cabins and tents surrounded by tens of thousands of acres of pristine wilderness. For family travelers, the resort offers a kids recreation program with activities such as nature hikes, bird watching, horseback riding lessons and ranch-hand days with the Paws Up cowboys.

Paws Up has a Kid's Corral with a playground, arcade and games. Nanny services are available for babies, as well as high chairs, cribs and kids menus. If you are planning a summer family adventure vacation, you'll be able to go fly-fishing, hiking, tubing, kayaking, whitewater rafting, bird and wildlife watching, sporting clay shooting, mountain biking, and horseback riding.

The resort has an outdoor swimming pool, hot tubs, fitness center and a relaxing spa. Take a cooking class, a photography lessons or listed to guest speakers such as Montana wildlife experts and local authors.

The Saddle Club at Paws Up has a 23,000-squarefoot riding arena, 52-stall barn, equestrian showers, and acres of outdoor pasture. The Club offers private lessons, group rides, tours, horse care lessons and boarding of guests' horses.

Swim in the Ammonoosuc River in the summer

The Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, offers a great variety of vacation activities for grown-ups and kids alike. The Mount Washington Kids Camp offers supervised activities for kids ages 5 to 12, including arts and crafts, outdoor games, swimming, hiking, tennis clinics and excursions. Full-day, half-day and evening programs available, providing you with maximum flexibility. Advance reservations are required for the Mount Washington Kids' Camp (877-873-0626).

Kids can swim in the heated indoor and outdoor pools as well as in the cold Ammonoosuc River in the summer. For teens ages 13 to 18, the resort offers the complimentary Teen Scene evening program on select evenings from late-June through Labor Day.

New York's Hudson Valley

Plan a family vacation at Mohonk Mountain House in New York's Hudson Valley and enjoy vacation activities that range from ponny rides at the stables to tennis for kids, nature walks and games designed for specific age groups. Surrounded by nature, the resort is a great year-round family vacation destination.

The Mohonk Kids' Club is a complimentary program for overnight guests, offering a number of activities for guests ages 2 to 12. The program is offered on most weekends, and daily from mid-June through Labor Day. Children are divided into different age groups so that they can participate in vacation activities appropriate to their age. Find out more about Mohonk Mountain House and plan your family vacation to Hudson Valley.

Yellowstone

Take the family out the Yellowstone National Park and see the geysers, buffalo, bears and the Old Faithful Geyser. The 325 room Old Faithful Inn was built in 1904 and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1987. The hotel is right next to the Old Faithful Geyser and the Upper Geyser Basin. Its central location makes it an ideal base for exploring the rest of the natural wonders of Yellowstone.

Plan on spending the lunch hours resting in a cool spot so you can avoid the heat and the tour buses that stop at the inn each afternoon. Watch the Old Faithful erupt in the early morning or early evening and you will have it to yourself. Park visitors not staying in the park arrive late and leave early because the drive out is about two and a half hours. Rooms at the Old Faithful Inn start at around $96.

Playtime at the pool in Arizona

Head to the Phoenician to sit by one of the nine heated pools, play tennis, a round of golf and, when the kids are off at the Funicians Club, get a massage at the Centre for Well-Being Spa. Stay in one of the resorts 474 guest rooms, 119 casitas, or 57 luxury suites. The seven restaurants at the resort make feeding the family easy. The Funicians Kids Club and offers different supervised activities for kids 365 days a year. Kids club activities include sand castle building, parachute play, hiking scavenger hunts and puppet shows. Rates at the Phoenician start at $199.

The Phoenician has introduced a yoga and meditation program for families at its wellness center. The program is designed to allow parents and children to bond and relax together on vacation. Guests can choose from three different sessons: Family Yoga, Family Meditation or Family Meditation Walking Tours.

The 45-minute yoga session promotes concentration and relaxation. It is held in in of the outdoor private garden retreats featuring waterfalls, trees or cactus gardens as a backdrop. Meditation Atrium at the spa is the setting for Family Meditation sessions, while walking tours take resort guests into the surrounding desert. Family Yoga and Family Meditation programs are offered seasonally and are complimentary with the adult spa fee.

 

More Family Getaways

Florida
Florida offers many great resorts and amusement parks. Innisbrook will let you combine fun in the sun with championship golf, tennis, spa, and playtime in six swimming pools. Kids can have fun on water slides, at Camp Innisbrook, and in the dedicated children's playground. LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort in Naples has rooms and suites overlooking the ocean.

If you want to be near Orlando's amusement parks, check into the family-friendly Nickelodeon Family Suites where kids will get a chance to see their favorite cartoon characters, play on waterslides and eat at kid-friendly restaurants. Nickelodeon Suites Resort in Orlando offers a wide variety of activities for kids, dining and proximity to the area's amusement parks. Kids can have fun with SpongeBob, Dora and Cosmo, whether they are celebrating a birthday, holiday or a reunion. The property is set on 24 beautiful acres in Orlando, near the Walt Disney World, Universal Studios Orlando, SeaWorld Orlando, Wet 'n Wild, Orlando Science Center and Gatorland. The hotel has 777 Nickelodeon-themed KidSuites designed with bright colors and characters on the walls. Suite rates start at $109 per night.

New York
City vacations are becoming increasingly popular and offer many things to do. New York City has a bit of everything: unique shops, a great collection of outdoor playgrounds, Central Park Zoo, and many fabulous places to stay.

The Peninsula has rooms with double-glazed windows and marble bathrooms, and a glass-enclosed swimming pool. The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park offers luxury rooms and suites with park views.

Hawaii
Napili Kai on Maui is a favorite with families who want casual atmosphere and condo-style accommodations with kitchens that offer the flexibility of preparing your own meals.

Hyatt Regency Waikiki is very close to the ocean and has kid-friendly suites, some with spectacular ocean views.

California
Safari West in Napa Valley offers adventures that let you observe over 400 animal species in their natural habitat. Hotel del Coronado offers many family-friendly activities, including programs for kids, biking and kayaking. La Costa features pools, waterslides, and surfing lessons for kids.

Barbados
Vacationers have a choice of family-friendly getaways in Barbados. All-inclusive resorts such as Turtle Beach and Crystal Cove make sense for families that like to try different activities. Instead of all-inclusive packages, many getaways in Barbados give families the option of purchasing a meal plan. If you want your kids to participate in a children's program, be sure to check the schedule since many kid's clubs are seasonal.

Jamaica
Round Hill Hotel often offers special rates to families, especially in the summer. The Tryall Club has a kid's club and private villas available for rent.

U.S. Virgin Islands
Wyndham Sugar Bay offers families all inclusive rates. The luxurious Ritz Carlton, St. Thomas has a half-mile white sandy beach and a spa.